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St. George man who provided services to at-risk youths accused of false billing

FILE - The owner of a company designed to help juveniles in the justice system has been charged with falsely billing the state.
FILE - The owner of a company designed to help juveniles in the justice system has been charged with falsely billing the state.
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ST. GEORGE — The owner of a company designed to help juveniles in the justice system has been charged with falsely billing the state.

Michael James Blomquist, 39, of St. George, was charged Thursday in 5th District Court with three counts under the False Claims Act, a second-degree felony, and engaging in a pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony.

Blomquist is the owner of Xcel Youth Services, a company that provides proctor care services such as mental health counseling to juveniles under a contract with the Utah Department of Human Services, Division of Juvenile Justice Services, and Division of Child and Family Services, according to court records.

From about June 1, 2013, through Sept. 26, 2016, prosecutors say Blomquist "forged and altered therapy notes and billed the Medicaid program for therapy services that were not provided or which contained materially false information pertaining to the services rendered," charging documents state.

Audits of client records found "signatures that did not appear accurate, as well as with the billings submitted by (Blomquist) for reimbursement," charges state.

The charges are based on three juveniles whom Blomquist submitted claims for more than $5,000 each. But the Utah Attorney General's Office, which is prosecuting the case, noted in court documents that "the scope of the falsified records and false claims pertained to numerous clients, not just the three clients referenced."